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Hostages: Has the CBS Show Been Cancelled?

Hostages on CBS canceled?CBS has just released details about the two hour finale of Hostages but refer to it as just a “season finale” instead of a “series finale.” Does that mean that the “limited series” is coming back for a second season?

On Hostages, Toni Collette plays Ellen Sanders, a doctor who’s set to perform a fairly rudimentary surgical procedure on the President (James Naughton). When a group of men (led by Dylan McDermott) invade her home and take her family hostage, she’s faced with a lose-lose decision. If she doesn’t cause the President to die on the operating table, the terrorists will kill her family. The cast also includes Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, and Mateus Ward.

The Monday night drama got off to a mediocre start in the ratings, drawing a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.41 million total viewers. In week two, the numbers fell more than 16% and they’ve essentially kept falling ever since. Last month, it hit a new low with a 1.0 demo rating and 4.5 million viewers.

The network touted Hostages as a “limited series” from the start but, had the show been a success, they surely would have found a way to bring it back in some form.

How? Well, we don’t need to worry about that. Unfortunately for fans of the show, there’s virtually no chance that CBS will bring Hostages back next year. The ratings are just too low.

Hopefully, the producers knew the show won’t be back and have prepared a very satisfying ending.

[Possible Spoiler:] The two-hour season (series) finale airs on January 6th at 9pm. The episodes are titled “Suspicious Minds” and “Endgame” and are described this way: “After Duncan discovers Sandrine’s betrayal, he decides to use her to save Nina and Sawyer. Also, just before Ellen is to operate on the President, the First Lady confronts her and forces Ellen to tell the truth about the assassination plot.”

What do you think? Do you like Hostages? Do you think it should be brought back somehow? Why do you think that more people didn’t tune in?

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debraamsbaugh1959 January 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

hostages is a good show. cbs always cancels a good show and keeps the stupid shows.


Lisa May January 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Please don’t take Hostages off the air. The problem is it also airs at the same time as The Blacklist. I would watch one and dvr the other and vice versa. Move it to another evening and the ratings will pick up. Dylan McDermott is a must see actor!! I started watching the show because of him.


Pam Hume-engle January 6, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Blacklist is on the same time as Hostsges. That is why the ratings are low. I like Hostages better but evidently, more prefer Blacklist.


Joe January 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Stupid, preposterous premise. Never bothered to watch it.


MJ January 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

The real reason this show’s gonna get cancelled is ’cause the premise was preposterous. Sexual tension with Dylan & Toni, after he & his cohorts level a gun to her children’s skulls…? And, how ’bout the neighbors? Oh, I forgot, these folks live in a vacuum on their street, even if Toni’s to perform open surgery on a sitting President of the United States… Give me a break.


John January 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Also considering the episodes I did manage to get through the acting was so stiff and just entirely embarrassing I couldn’t find myself ever watching it again. Just some of the stupidest writing I’ve ever seen before. Once we had the first ounce of a love plot between the main protagonist and the main antagonist the show was a worthless turd.


MJ January 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Yep, couldn’t agree more, John. And, I watched every episode. I remain floored at the low level of the writing. It was as though the writers/development execs never even considered plausibility when mapping out the series. If there was a writer’s group for this one, most of ‘em must’ve been sleeping during the meetings. Throwing the season finale up against NCAA’s football championship game should tell you everything…


Barbara Mitchell January 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Everytime a problem that involves thinking appears it disappears. I am so upset that this show is cancelled and yet the stupid sitcoms survive. I know writers can make this a success, just don’t understand, if you are up against anything else change your time. You have so many options for stories, use some good writers ability.


Pat January 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

I love Hostages; and the cast has done an absolutely amazing job. Toni Collette is amazing, and the sexual tension between her and Dylan McDermott was a great and delightful surprise. Quinn Shephard is a wonderful and super hot young actress and I hope to more of her other programs in the future. I do not see how the show could be brought back because it was intended to be a mini-series.
CBS could do more mini-series like this because it is totally awesome. And I also want to state that ALL reality shows are stupid and I refuse to watch any of them !!!!!


kj January 6, 2014 at 7:02 am

great shows, i think it as good ratings so i wish they wasn’t cancelling the show
i think the reason its a gud show but the rating is not there is it comes on the same day and time has blacklist , i love blacklist also , so i have to pick which show i want to watch on that day and then which one i will watch on demand that weekend 2 great shows tht come on same time and day , hostages should of came on another day and time or same day just another time, ,, but not on thursdays at 9 or 10, that my greys anotomy and scandal lol,,
but overall great show. i luv it my friends do to


Shannon January 5, 2014 at 11:21 pm

This is a great show. I understand it’s a limited series but let the show has its proper closure.


Marcia January 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I have been watching Hostages from day one! I’m so upset they are canceling this show! This is a great show!! Can you change the day it was stupid for cbs to put this opposite of the Blacklist, if you change the date don’t make it Thursday that’s a Scandal day but this is one of my favorite shows!! I’m sick of good shows being cancelled and replaced with Garbage or reality shows which I refuse to watch!


Dianne January 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Great entertainment, excellent plot line. The reason it hasn’t “caught on” is because The Blacklist is on at the same time. CBS: move it to another time slot and bring it back. Definitely worth another shot!


Tammy January 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Please don’t take hostages off! Its been the best thig on t.v I love it!!!


Anonymous January 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

This is an amazing show and my husband and I have got our friends into it as well. I realize it can’t last forever due to the plot but another season or two would be great.
If it is cancelled they better not leave it on a cliff hanger or else a lot of people will be pissed off!


Ken B January 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Love the show, my wife and I enjoy it a lot and hate to see it end while watching it.


toni January 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I watch Hostages. I love Dylan McDermott. I think the ratings suffer because a lot of people DVR programs now to work around busy schedules. I absolutely love the show and would like it to return. So many things I got into the past 2 seasons ended up being canceled. Some after only 2 episodes. People don’t like when that happens and find other things on different networks..ABC is best at doing that so I limit what I watch on that station


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